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NORTHERN EXPOSURE 2000 -- Anchorage, AK to Anchorage, AK, June, 2000

Total Miles: 1000
Miles/Day: 50
Days Riding: 20
Group Size: 1
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 0

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 30 Lbs.
Camping: 40%
Cooking: 80%
Cost/Day: $ 35
ACA Helped Me: No

Rider: John Ludway; 45 years old, teacher, Member United States Email

Summary: Ollie Olson encouraged me to ride around Alaska. I spent a month (mid June/July) riding 1000 miles from Anchorage to Seward to Anchorage to Denali to Fairbanks to Valdez and back to Anchorage.; Self-Planned

Health Issues: Recovering for three days from road rash and waiting to pick up my bike with a re-built rear wheel. Difficulty with sleep because of the all-night sun.

Motivation: Ollie Olson (world cyclist) and having ridden Going to the Sun and Icefields Parkway the previous summer.

Most Challenging Aspect:Changeable weather (esp. at Denali), mosquitoes! and the numbing distances (e.g. Anchorage to Fairbanks, 360 mi.; Delta Junction to Valdez, 268 mi.).

Favorite Experience: Climbing Mt. Marathon in Seward. Camping at Wonder Lake, Denali. Seeing a very large moose from 40 feet away. Meeting wonderful people. Driving 24 hours up the Haul Road (with 9 others)to the Brooks Range and back. Meeting (and being hosted) by a fellow Clevelander in Anchorage (after being hit).

Least Favorite: Being hit by an SUV in Anchorage. A tiring 70 mi. ride to get to Palmer and a hotel there. Not bringing enough food with me to Denali (but gratefully accepting the generosity of others).

Tips: There's a lot of long distances in Alaska. There are few picnic tables/posts to lean a loaded bike along the roadway. Only 5 paved highways in Alaska; Anchorage/Seward/Denali/Fairbanks/Valdez/Anchorage was a good route. The mosquitoes are serious business. There are hostels in the larger cities.

Date Entered: Apr, 2018

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